Twin Cities residents woke up to a light coating of snow Wednesday morning, and pretty soon afterwards, the crashes started.
It always seems to happen the first time the metro sees anything resembling white stuff. Drivers who for have enjoyed dry, reliable roads for months suddenly find themselves dealing with slick, slippery surfaces.
Here's how the metro looked at around 8:30 a.m.
Dozens of crashes were reported in the metro during the morning commute, including a crash on Hwy. 169 at I-394, and a crash on Hwy. 100 at Hwy. 62, both of which were causing half-hour delays.
While the snow was light, it made for icy roads when combined with temperatures hovering around freezing.
It prompted words of warning from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol.
"Waking up to some slick road conditions," MnDOT spokesman Kevin Gutknecht said. "Winter is showing its presence. Slow down, watch for slick spots. Avoid the crash."
The State Patrol had this to add.
There could be more on the way, with the weather service suggesting that the southern half of Minnesota could be in for a couple of inches of snow on Thursday/Friday.